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On the GoIndividuals age 60 years and older represent the fastest growing segment of San Diego County’s population, with the number of residents expected to more than double by 2030. The lack of easy, accessible, and affordable transportation for seniors is a problem recognized at the national, state, and local levels. Compared with those who still drive, older non-drivers make 15% fewer trips to the doctor, 59% fewer shopping trips and visits to restaurants, and 65% fewer trips for social, family, and religious activities (American Public Transportation Association).

On the Go is more than a ride—it’s independence, community connection, mobility, and dignity. On the Go consists of five components:

  • On the Go Excursions – Exciting, organized outings to locations throughout San Diego County and surrounding areas
  • On the Go Shuttles – Group transportation to JFS Social & Wellness Centers, religious events, shopping centers, lunch destinations, and other cultural outings and events
  • Rides & Smiles® – Volunteer drivers provide individual transportation to medical and personal appointments, synagogues, and the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
  • On the Go Silver – Accommodates individual riders for personal errands and large groups for customized outings
  • Taxi Scrip – For transportation requests that cannot be fulfilled with On the Go drivers/vehicles

Reserve Your Ride Today!(858) 637-7320

On the Go High Holy Days Rides

Your ride to High Holy Days Services
is a phone call away!

Free door-to-door transportation from your home to synagogue and back. Available to adults age 60+

Participating Synagogues Include:
Congregation Beth Am
Congregation Beth El
Congregation Beth Israel
Congregation Dor Hadash
Ner Tamid Synagogue
  Ohr Shalom Synagogue
Temple Adat Shalom
Temple Emanu-El
Temple Solel
Tifereth Israel Synagogue

Call (858) 637-7320 to enroll
and make your reservation today!

Reservations accepted August 18–September 18

Service Areas

Eastern San Diego: 91941, 91942, 92108, 92115, 92116, 92119, 92120, 92123, 92124
Northern San Diego: 92014, 92037, 92111, 92117, 92121, 92122, 92130
North County Inland: 92029, 92064, 92126, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92131

Expanded Service Areas for High Holy Days Only

North County Coastal: 92024, 92007, 92075, 92067, 92014
Hillcrest, Normal Heights, Kensington:  92103
Pacific Beach and Mission Valley: 92109, 92110

Want to help older adults stay connected to our community? Become a volunteer driver! Click here to learn more.

GREAT NEWS!

Older adults across San Diego are now enjoying increased accessibility! On the Go applied for and was awarded $325,000 in new vehicles through CALTRANS. Over the following months, the vehicles were custom built to On the Go’s specifications—making each of them wheelchair lift-equipped. In all, On the Go is proud to add one 7-passenger mini-van, one 16-passenger, and two 24-passenger vehicles to the fleet!

Over the last five years, On the Go has provided 175,000 rides to more than 2,200 older adults. With these new vehicles, JFS looks forward to continuing to provide this vital service! The new vehicles will be seen all over San Diego County as we transport older adults to JFS’s Social & Wellness Centers, synagogues, shopping areas, and a variety of socially enriching activities.

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Learn More About…
Service Areas & Eligibility
On the Go Excursions
On the Go Shuttles
Social & Wellness Center Shuttle
Rides & Smiles®
On the Go Silver
Volunteering for On the Go

Car Donation Program
Driver Safety Awareness
Our Service Commitment

Service Areas & Eligibility
On the Go ShuttleOn the Go transportation services are available to older adults age 60+ who reside in the following areas:

  • Eastern San Diego – 91941, 91942, 92108, 92115, 92116, 92119, 92120, 92123, 92124
  • Northern San Diego – 92014, 92037, 92111, 92117, 92121, 92122, 92130
  • North County Inland – 92029, 92064, 92126, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92131

Existing transportation must be inadequate or unavailable. All riders must be mentally alert. Many On the Go services are wheelchair accessible.

There is a $20 enrollment fee to utilize On the Go services. Members of the following organizations are exempt from this fee:

  • JFS College Avenue Center
  • JFS North County Inland Center
  • JFS University City Older Adult Center
  • JFS CO-OP
  • Rides & Smiles®
  • Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
  • New Life Club
  • Seacrest Village Rancho Bernardo
  • Participating Synagogues: Temple Adat Shalom, Chabad of College Area, Chabad of La Jolla Shores, Chabad of Poway, Chabad of Scripps Ranch, Chabad of University City, Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Dor Hadash, Ner Tamid Synagogue, Temple Emanu-El, Tifereth Israel Synagogue, Temple Solel, Congregation Beth Am, Ohr Shalom Synagogue

To enroll, call the office or print out the enrollment form and waiver. Send completed forms and payment to the On the Go office at 8788 Balboa Ave., San Diego, CA 92123. If you would like to pay by phone, call our office at (858) 637-7320.

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On the Go Excursions
On the Go
offers group transportation to diverse activities from enjoying an evening at the theater to cheering on the Padres. Have an idea for a trip? We’d love to hear from you! Fees range from $6 and up, depending on the destination and admittance fees. Favorite trips include: on the go participants on shuttle

  • Balboa Park
  • Winery tours
  • Jewish Film Festival, Music Festival & Book Fair
  • Museums & historic sites
  • Health & community fairs
  • Theaters & concerts
  • And much more! 

Schedule of Excursions>>

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On the Go Shuttles
Door-to-door shuttles are $4 each way. Please reserve your seat a minimum of three (3) business days in advance. Click here for our current schedule.

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Social & Wellness Center Shuttle
On the Go driver helping a rider off the shuttleTransportation to JFS Social & Wellness Centers is provided to individuals residing in service areas. Door-to-door shuttles are $4 each way. Please reserve your seat on a Shuttle a minimum of three (3) business days in advance. For a list of days, hours, and activities, click on the links below.

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Rides & Smiles®
Since 2004, the award-winning Rides & Smiles® program has provided transportation for older adults to medical appointments, personal appointments, pharmacies, banks, and other life necessities.

"My car is sitting idle in the garage. It has 54,000 miles on it but when my license expired, the doctor would not sign the release to renew it. I can't drive it and with my daughter moving to Seattle I didn't know what to do. Luckily she found this program and I can't believe people are willing to take time out of their day to help me..."

On the Go Rides & Smiles match

Rides are provided by caring volunteers who donate their time to provide this valuable service and allow older adults to maintain their independence. It is the largest volunteer-based transportation service in San Diego County—providing more than 2,300 rides by more than 350 volunteer drivers each month.

Volunteer drivers provide door-thru-door service to:

  • Non-emergency medical appointments
  • Banks
  • Pharmacies
  • Hair Salons
  • Visiting friends and loved ones in hospitals
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Social activities
    And much more…

Rides are provided for a donation depending on the distance of the ride. Rides must be reserved at least one week in advance. Requests made sufficiently in advance are more likely to be matched with a volunteer driver. Rides can be requested up to the end of the next calendar month.

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On the Go Silver

On the Go Silver

Enjoy safe, dependable rides to anywhere you wish throughout Southern California! On the Go Silver, a new component of On the Go, accommodates individual riders for personal errands and large groups for customized outings. Special features of this fee-based premium service include:

  • Scheduling freedom – only three-days notice required, with the ability to choose your route, destination, and vehicle type
  • Personalized experience – our professional driver-escorts are available to wait for you during your appointments and assist you with shopping
  • Accessibility – wheelchair transport is available

On the Go Silver is priced affordably for our older adult riders:

One Way, 10 miles $35
One Way, 11-25 miles $48
One Way, 26+ miles Custom Package
Two-Hour Package, 20 miles $75
Per Mile $1.50
Wait/Escort Time $26

Call us at (858) 637-7320 to make your reservation today!

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Volunteering for On the Go

Rides & Smiles® Volunteer Driver
Can you imagine how it feels to need to go to the doctor for a life-saving treatment but not have a way to get there? What if you wanted to visit with friends but you were the only one who couldn’t make it because you didn’t have a ride?

Many older adults live with this loss of independence every day. Without transportation, simple things such as medical appointments, grocery shopping, or a lunch date become major life challenges. You can become a part of On the Go’s transportation solution by joining our Rides & Smiles® Volunteer Driver Program. Help older adults stay connected to our community. You can ease their feelings of isolation and loneliness by driving them to appointments, personal outings, and other daily activities.

  • Flexible hours – you choose who, when, and where you drive
  • Convenient, web-based scheduling system
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Secondary insurance provided by JFS
  • Rides average 10 miles roundtrip

If you would like to get involved, start the application process today or contact Volunteer Engagement at (858) 637-3050 or volunteer@jfssd.org.

“I am just getting so much enjoyment out of doing Rides & Smiles®. Out of all the volunteering I have done over years this is by far one of the most rewarding. And I want to grow up just like all the ladies I have met. It has been a pleasure.” — Volunteer

The following video illustrates why On the Go is vital for seniors to remain independent and connected to their community. As you’ll see in the video, the program is rewarding for the volunteer drivers as well—they often tell us that they get more out of the program than the clients! On the Go is a community program and receives funding from many sources, including private donations by people just like you. Thank you for your support!

This On the Go video was originally created as a fundraising piece for Jewish Federation – National.

For more information, contact Volunteer Engagement at (858) 637-3050 or volunteer@jfssd.org. Start the application process today>>

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Turn Your Car Into Rides –
Donate Vehicle & Receive Ride Credits
Donate your car to On the Go and receive credit for future rides on On the Go Shuttles and individual rides with Rides & Smiles®. Our Car Donation program will pick up your vehicle (running or not) and auction it. The money received, after the cost of the transaction (towing, auction house fees, processing fees), will be put in a special fund for you to be used for future rides. To start the donation process, click here and complete the brief form. If you have questions about this special program, contact the On the Go office at (858) 637-7320.

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Older Driver Safety Awareness
Older adults are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. There were 18.9 million older licensed drivers in 2000—a 36% increase from a decade earlier. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, it's estimated that by 2020 more than 40 million older Americans will be licensed drivers. Baby Boomers rely heavily on automobiles for transportation and tend to drive more miles and at older ages than previous generations. It is important to remain safe drivers and/or find alternatives to driving when needed.

Are you concerned about a loved one's ability to drive? Take a ride with them. Look for the following warning signs in his or her driving:

  • Forgets to buckle up
  • Does not obey stop signs or traffic lights
  • Fails to yield the right of way
  • Drives too slowly or too quickly
  • Often gets lost, even on familiar routes
  • Stops at a green light or at the wrong time
  • Doesn’t seem to notice other cars, pedestrians, or bike riders on the road
  • Doesn’t stay in his or her lane
  • Is honked at or passed often
  • Reacts slowly to driving situations
  • Makes poor driving decisions
It is important to remember that On the Go is dedicated to providing independence, community connection, mobility, and dignity for all older adults. A loss of the ability to drive does not have to mean a loss of independence. For more information and support on how to talk to a loved one about driving, visit the AARP website by clicking here.

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Our Service Commitment
On the Go: Transportation Solutions for Older Adults operates its transportation service without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with the Chief Program Officer at (858) 637-3000. Click here to complete a complaint form (haga clic aquí para obtener la versión en español).

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On the Go/CARS Ride Credits Program –
Vehicle Donation Form

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CONTACT
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Become a Rider
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Become a Driver
(858) 637-3050
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On the Go
8788 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA  92123

All communication is strictly confidential.

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On the Go is a division of Charitable Adult Rides & Services, Inc.

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